After 18 wins and counting, Manchester City turn to the UEFA Champions League hoping to extend their record streak when they face Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of their round-of-16 clash.
What TV Channel is Borussia Monchengladbach-Manchester City on?
City set their record-breaking sights on Europe, with Galavision broadcasting their clash against Monchengladbach from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Manchester City
When: Wednesday, February 24
Where: Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
While Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders have set the new standard in consecutive wins for an English top-flight team, their German opponents have endured a downturn in form of late. As for how the Citizens have put together such a monumental run of results, the answer is relatively simple, according to Die Fohlen defender Oscar Wendt:
Monchengladbach are winless in their last four league games and occupy eighth in the Bundesliga, losing their last two home fixtures to Cologne and Mainz. Considering those recent performances at Borussia-Park, it may almost come as a relief this matchup was moved to the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions between the United Kingdom and Germany.
City dropped just two points en route to taking top spot in Group C, conceding a solitary goal in six pool matches to unsurprisingly boast the best defensive record in the competition so far. By contrast, the nine goals Gladbach leaked in Group B was the joint-second-highest total allowed by any team during the first round, with only RB Leipzig conceding more (12).
The German underdogs haven’t been helped after confirmation manager Marco Rose will leave to join Borussia Dortmund in the summer, a matter he addressed following Saturday’s loss to Mainz:
Speaking of Dortmund, Wednesday’s ‘hosts’ would be unwise to allow former Black and Yellow Ilkay Gundogan too much room given his current vein of form. That’s as if to suggest Gladbach won’t have their hands full enough keeping tabs on the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne, who is back to full fitness following a spell out due to injury.
Gundogan is revelling in the most prolific campaign of his career with 13 goals in all competitions, and no City player has scored more frequently since their 18-win streak began on December 19:
Guardiola said he was “surprised and impressed” by the club’s run following their 1-0 victory at Arsenal on Sunday, ensuring City’s record will one day be broken, via the Guardian’s Nick Ames. Rose described the first leg in Budapest to reporters as a "special evening" for Gladbach, insisting his players must "play with courage and defend with passion" if they’re to have a hope of progressing.
Monchengladbach have a potent attack, boasting the talents of Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea, one of the joint-third-highest scorers in the Champions League with five goals. But even they might struggle to penetrate a defense that’s kept clean sheets in 18 of its last 25 games.
These teams met in successive Champions League group stages in 2015 and 2016, with City winning three and boasting an aggregate 11-4 scoreline in their favor. It provides some small glimmer of hope for Monchengladbach that their only point against the English giants—a 1-1 home draw in November 2016—also came in their most recent meeting. The Citizens remain outright favorites to win the tournament and will fancy their chances against one of the longer shots left in the running.